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As the warmth of summer brings out the Havianas and budgie smugglers, it also brings together your family and friends to celebrate the year that was, and the year that is upon us. Everyone loves a backyard shin-dig, it’s relaxed and provides an intimate atmosphere that can’t be replicated elsewhere. To ensure your day or night stands out, here are some tailored tips for throwing an unforgettable backyard summer bash.

1. Backyard bliss:

Embrace the charm of your own outdoor space. Whether you have a spacious lawn or a great verandah, leverage the natural beauty of your backyard. Consider adding fairy lights, lanterns, or decorative elements to enhance the ambiance.

2. Weather-ready setup

Since you’re in the comfort of your own home, plan for weather fluctuations by having both shaded and open-air areas. If you don’t have your verandah installed.. yet, you might want to set up a gazebo or canopy for shade, and ensure there’s enough seating with a mix of chairs, picnic rugs, and cushions for a relaxed vibe.

3. DIY Cocktail bar

Create a refreshing beverage station with a DIY twist. Set up a table with various drink options, including mixers, fresh herbs, fruits, and a variety of garnishes. Don’t forget the cocktail shaker and ice. Consider a martini and cocktail recipe book, or print a few summer drink favourite recipes. See our favourite Aperol Spritz recipe here.

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4. BBQ tapas

Elevate the backyard barbecue experience with a menu that celebrates summer flavours. Finger food BBQ goods to pick at through the day and night. There’s a bunch of great easy hand-held appetisers you could consider: grilled red meat or prawn skewers, chicken wings, corn on the cob, sausage sizzle, even incorporating a make-your-own burger or taco station for an exiting touch.

5. Music is key

Enhance the backyard ambiance with acoustic tunes. Opt for a playlist that complements the relaxed setting, or depending on the budget, consider hiring a local acoustic artist to provide live music. The soothing tunes will add an extra layer of enjoyment to your backyard soiree.

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7. Backyard games extravaganza

Keep the fun rolling with a selection of backyard games. From cornhole to badminton, lawn games add an element of playfulness to your gathering. Create friendly competitions and watch as your backyard transforms into an entertainment hub.

8. Magical evening illumination:

As the sun sets, let the magic unfold with carefully placed lighting. String lights hung across the yard, lanterns on tables, and candles in mason jars will create a whimsical atmosphere. Illuminate walkways for both safety and aesthetic appeal.

Transforming your backyard into a summer oasis for a memorable party is exciting and will definitely be worth the memories. By embracing the unique charm of your home, incorporating DIY elements, and curating a relaxed atmosphere, your backyard summer bash is sure to become an unforgettable day or night!

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